Student entrepreneurs triumph at Deloitte

Deloitte consultant Andrew Burton (centre) with the student winners

Students from Bath swept the board at a recent student entrepreneur pitching event run with one of the UK’s biggest employers.

They took part in a workshop at Deloitte’s UK headquarters on ’how to make a winning pitch’ and put this into practice as they pitched their businesses to a panel of judges made up from Deloitte consultants.

Over 50 students from five universities took part in the event, organised by SETsquared, the Students' Union at Bath and Deloitte.

The event was part of a programme to help students to develop their business and entrepreneurial skills. Twenty-nine businesses were pitched at the event. Most of the companies were less than a year old but already trading, and some were turning a profit.

Bath winners who scooped cash prizes included:

  • James Munro Boon -Elephant Branded – a social enterprise using recycled cement bags in the Far East to make kit bags sold in the UK. Each sale generates a school kit bag for a child in Africa
  • Amy Hunter and Ollie Marshall -  GoTag  - a customer relations management and analytics platform for all types of merchants. Consumers can use the website to find out about events, buy tickets, gain discounts at retailers and learn what their friends are doing. Merchants can use the GoTag platform to attract new customers with loyalty schemes and social marketing tools. 
  • Andy Brown - The Underground Book Club -A free newspaper for commuters which publishes the first couple of chapters of new books, or short stories from collections by well known authors. The paper will be funded by advertisement.
  • Tom Dewhurst - Child Identification Program- provides multiple products to aid parents to react quickly and effectively in the event of their child going missing in a public environment. This is through the production of a child Identification Card, comprehensive child documents and a database that allows online access to flyers and additional products such as tooth prints and shoe ID.

Andrew Burton, a consultant at Deloitte, and a Bath engineering graduate, said: “The business plan pitching event was a great success, and our judging panels were impressed by the high calibre of the student entrepreneurs from the SETsquared universities who took part.

“Deloitte is one of the largest professional services firms in the UK, and we are always looking for talented, innovative, graduates who can present their ideas in a professional and articulate way – events like this one provide great experience and an opportunity for students to practice skills that will help them when they graduate.”

Graham Harrison, partnership director at SETsquared, said: “Today’s students face a difficult world after graduation, and it’s important that they gain business skills as well as their degrees as this is what employers are looking for. SETsquared is committed to ensuring all our students have the opportunity to develop an understanding of the business world. This event is an excellent way for our students to improve their pitching skills, essential for those looking to work in industry, start their own business or develop an academic career.”

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